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Explore these free resources to find insight about your strengths, values and thinking.

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Reading List

  • A curated list of books to expand mindfulness, emotional intelligence and sheer joy in life.  Find it here.

Strengths Survey – University of Pennsylvania

  • Link to VIA survey.  (under “Questionnaires” link, or Questionnaires Center/Engagement Questionnaires section, click VIA Survey of Character Strengths)
  • Approx. 15 minutes to complete the survey and receive feedback on 24 strengths.
  • Your top 5 strengths may tie back to beliefs, values or what you hold to be true.

TED Talk – Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

In this 18 minute talk Simon Sinek talks about asking the question why? “As it turns out, all the great and inspiring leaders and organizations in the world — whether it’s Apple or Martin Luther King or the Wright brothers — they all think, act and communicate the exact same way.” — Simon Sinek.

DIY:  Try the Golden Circle on your life.  Draw the 3 concentric circles on a piece of paper and put your current key goals in the outer “What” layer. Now fill in the centre “Why” circle.  How does it feel?  Does it feel good to you?  Doing this exercise may inspire you to action!

Dissolving a painful or limiting thought

  • The idea here is to dissolve thoughts that are stressful or painful or limiting in order to move you forward.
  • The Work by Byron Katie is a process to look at thoughts from different viewpoints and find a more peaceful thought that is as true or truer than the original thought.
  • Initially I had difficulty using this process, but with more use I see how powerful it can be.
  • Worksheets and process guidelines can be found at http://thework.com/thework-4questions.php.